Another Fond Story
After one BYPU session ended, a group of girls gathered around the piano and began to harmonize. Earlean Grogan and I were their counselors and she shouted: These girls want to sing and thus The Uniques were born. They performed during their high school years and they were very good and in very much demand.
Mary Ellen Lofton, director/pianist for the Lofton Memorial Chorus, was the coach and director of the group and that helped to account for their success. I was the only mother with dress making skills, so I taught my daughter Kay to sew and together we made garments for the eight members of the Uniques. They rehearsed weekly at Mrs. Lofton’s house and came to my house for garment fittings. The members of the Uniques were: Linda Risby Jones, Amyvonne Grogan, Desiré Grogan, Marilyn Thornton Tribbel, Kay Redmond Hayes, Diane Wilson, Bertha Davis, and Lavenia Thornton Odejimi (not in this 1966 photo). The garments in this photo were designed and made by the Jaspers – Kay and Frances. These were wonderful times that created great memories.
Frances Redmond Jasper